Missing Factor = Holy Spirit
When praying recently (or… complaining in religious-sounding language) over some seemingly impossible factors, what rose up in my spirit was, “Don’t leave the Holy Spirit out of the equation.” When we are needing a factor to get the result of 2 + X = 3, we tend to focus on the fact that we don’t have “X” and that all we have is a measly little “2” and that, as a result, we don’t yet have “3”. In our case, as believers, all we have to do is put “X” (the missing factor) in the equation. If the situation is chaotic and even destructive, wouldn’t it be obvious that the Holy Spirit is not in control? Then let’s call Him into the situation. Instead of laying out our complaints in religious-sounding language and so-called “righteous indignation,” let’s cry out before God for His promised One to bring the power of heaven into the situation (Jn16:7).
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Holy Spirit — The Enabler
We are not waiting for Jesus to bring His purpose into this earth with an inaugural dispensation because His purpose has never been absent from this earth (Jn5:17). What yet awaits is the manifesting of those who will receive the empowering that King Jesus sent after His ascension. What yet awaits is those who are blood-washed (Rev1:5) and Spirit-filled to go ahead and demonstrate the One who dwells within them (Jn14:17); knowing He dwells within to empower them so that they might not only confront powers of darkness but also contradict those powers with life, light and order (Acts26:18;1Pe 2:9). Those sons of God know that the Holy Spirit hasn’t come as a slip-n-slide to heaven but as the Enabler to break the hold of darkness upon men and systems (Jn17:15) through believers who are led by the Spirit (Rom8:14).
THE Super Spirit
There is a yearning for a superhero to contradict the oppression of a downward spiral of destruction in our world. Since the powerful Holy Spirit (THE Super Spirit) is the one who links heaven and earth (Jn 16:7), it should be obvious to us that His dwelling presence within us (Lk 24:49; Acts 1:8), and His permeating presence into chaos (Gen 1:2;Jn 16:8-11;Acts 17:6) is the only way the powers of darkness can be defeated. That requires our looking beyond using Jesus as a get-out-of-hell-free card and seeing His kingship as empowered by the promised One who endues sons of God with confronting and contradicting abilities (1Co 12:4-11, 28-31). The gifts of the Spirit are not Charismatic party favors but enablements for reigning presently in this earth over everything that its systems launch against King Jesus and His present purposes.
Factor In The Holy Spirit
Superheroes seem to have become the theme of many movies in recent time. Some of the most effective, powerful superheroes in those stories have come from other planets, other parts of the universe. They are adored, lauded, even feared for their superpowers. One movie which came out a few months ago depicted a man from earth who ended up on another planet and became the hero who defeated the super bad guy on that planet. The message seems clear: that people need a hero and expect that he can only come from a far away place, from a totally different environment. Looking around at present world circumstances, I think almost everyone would agree that someone must come to us from a completely different realm of existence and pierce the impossibilities of our world which we all seem helpless to overcome. The chaos must be confronted with superior contradiction. It won’t be done without the enablement of the Holy Spirit. (Jn16:7; Acts1:8) (This is the first of a series about the Holy Spirit by Marty Gabler)
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Following God Through Gates (by Kathy Gabler)
Our security is not in having many absolutes to protect us, but in knowing Him who is absolute wisdom. Principles hold true, but they get put in priority order by the wisdom of God in every situation. Traditions can have us believing in our beliefs more than we believe in Him, and at that point His Word and counsel have no power or effect in us or for us. Our beliefs are not holy, He is. Therefore, let us give respect and follow through to the gates our holy and wise God builds specifically to get us to the fullest future He desires.
Gates And Traditions (by Kathy Gabler)
Probably the hardest place to build a gate is in our traditional, established views of scripture, and unfortunately we could die on our own sword trying to defend our traditional beliefs simply because the letter of the law kills. It is rather ironic that the letter of the law is so strong yet vulnerable to something as simple as a typo or language or culture or new revelation. However, the spirit of the law, or the truth that is right and unchangeable in it, is not threatened by new gates to fuller understanding. For instance, the scripture says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” The spirit of that law boils down to not deliberately deceiving and manipulating information against someone for your own purposes. However, our traditions have added to the letter of that law that we must tell everything we know at all times. Not lying does not equal spilling all truth to all people. Even “honesty is the best policy” is best approached with caution because sometimes SILENCE is the best policy. (There are men who have learned that it is better to be silent than express their honest opinion of what that dress looks like on their wife.)
New Gates Are Not Optional (by Kathy Gabler)
While prophesying to a lady, I saw her as a bird in a gilded cage. The door was open on the cage, but she would not fly out. Instead of leaving her captivity, she decorated it, but the golden captivity was still captivity. We can comfort ourselves with former revelation, with blessings already received and with testimonies of past obediences, or refuse to move and just focus on quests that everyone would call godly, but God’s designs are always moving beyond the past and even beyond the now. When He builds a gate, He is not presenting options; rather He is giving direction. That gate will lead to growth, increase, maturity and change. Purpose beckons us beyond our current fence line. God is faithful to build the gate, but it is up to us to choose to go through it.
Gates And Safety (by Kathy Gabler)
Sometimes a gate God builds is not a welcomed sight. It looks like a risk to us or a scary unknown. We feel like we have the option to decide to just stay safely within our fence and familiar boundaries. The problem is that if we ignore the gates, we are locking ourselves into tradition just like the Pharisees. We rarely see ourselves as Pharisees, but we too build personal traditions of men through the way we personally process instruction or the way we establish our own priorities or the way we come to our personal conclusions. Our thought processes and priorities and conclusions are filters that can literally keep us from hearing what God is saying and thereby keep us refusing to acknowledge the Holy Spirit’s direction in our daily life. So, “you make the word of God of none effect through your tradition, (KJV). And you ignore God’s commands in order to follow your own teaching. “(CEV)Mark 7:13
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Gates And Tools (by Kathy Gabler)
God builds gates through a new thought, a new opportunity or a word of counsel. After wearing a path around your fence lines looking for answers, a new gate is a welcomed sight. One of my usual methods is to confront problems head-on until they are resolved. One day I distinctly heard the Holy Spirit say, “Kathy, confrontation is not always the best method for resolve.” That was not a “traditional thought” for me, and it gave me new direction. I could suddenly see the wisdom of not approaching a friend of mine and laying everything out verbally. Due to my friend’s temperament and personality, confrontation would be gas on their fire rather than water. That word from God became a gate into a whole new set of tools for resolving problems.
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New Gates (by Kathy Gabler)
Our traditions can be excess baggage that we have to unpack for the journey through a new gate. We need to unpack passionless pieces and old seasons and expired obediences, those acts that were once a mandate but lost their effectualness as times and circumstances changed. Israel had many parameters for sacrifice. They were all teaching-tools and types to anticipate and understand the coming Messiah. All their animal sacrifices were blood that was shed for an exemplary nation until the Christ would come to shed His blood for all mankind. An expired obedience would be to continue the ceremony after the type had been fulfilled. That translates in our day as expired legalisms that want to impose on us the traditions of men instead of the freedom of Christ, like trying to breed a red heifer or build another temple or enforce religious calendar activities again. When God provides a gate, expired goals won’t fit through it.
Contents:p.3-Charting The Course…Jim Hodges * p.8-Intercession For A Nation..Bob Long * p.12-Gates In Our Fences…Kathy Gabler * p.15-God Blesses His People.Dr. Elwyn Lewis * p.19-Church: From Crisis To Commission…Jim Becton * p.22-The Parables Of The Kingdom…Simon Purvis * P.26-Lights Shining In a Dark Place.Chuck Kaliszewski * p.28-Factor In The Holy Spirit..Marty Gabler
**Click on cover to read Volume 16 Issue 4 of SEEC Magazine. When magazine appears, scroll down to read the articles.
Old Fence Lines (by Kathy Gabler)
There is wisdom in honoring healthy boundaries in life and not damaging borders of ownership or lines of good conduct or established ethics or moral limits, etc., however, a gate indicates access beyond, not damage to a border line. Hopefully, I won’t be written off as just having a blasphemous fit, but I think we might be more mature sons of God if we view Acts as a beginning rather than an end. Would we stay within our old fence lines if we saw ourselves as Bible characters instead of mere men in history? Many will immediately fear I’m risking the curse for adding to the book, but the church world is probably in more danger of the “taking away” from the book curses because we see the Bible as a book that has a beginning and end like any other. I am not talking about a new book of Mormon or revising the Canon, I am talking about the Bible’s legacy being the eternal and ongoing Word of God. I am talking about having a part in the big picture in such a way that our life choices and accomplishments actually connect to God’s plan for a generation beyond our own or a town we don’t even live in or an election that hasn’t even registered candidates yet. I pray we begin to see that we dare not lock down in traditions of the past and refuse to enter the gate into all that God has planned for us to do in the future and in our lifetime.
Destiny And Keys
We are sons of God whose destiny it is to allow and disallow what happens on our watch. (Mt 16:19; 18:18) Mat 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven. (Amp) Psa 115:16 The heavens are the heavens of the LORD, But the earth He has given to the sons of men. When we assemble as a governing body, there is a synergy created by the power of the Holy Spirit that brings us into the functioning of our destiny. (Heb 10:25) If Jesus did not think that it would work, He would have never ascended to the right hand of the Father. He has, therefore, sent the Holy Spirit with the authority and the power of heaven to bring heaven to earth (Jn 16:7).
Creation is groaning because it is looking for a people that know who they are and what they are about and are able to legislate life, light and freedom. Someone must legislatively say, “Arise and be healed.” Someone must say to forces of darkness, “Stop!.” Jesus, indwelled by the Holy Spirit and knowing the mind of the Father, confronted darkness and contradicted it. That is the present destiny of the Church.
This is the day the Lord has made so…
I will rejoice and choose to have a happy heart and cheerful mind in it! (Prov17:22)
“A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” (Prov17:22, Amp)
Destiny Determines Dynamic
The Church is not to be merely congregational, i.e., simply those who congregate with an eye toward receiving. By definition of the biblical term for “church” (ecclesia), when we assemble together it is not for the purpose of crying out for blessings. Many congregants, in the religious reality of our day, gather and pay their dues so that leadership can do “to them” and “for them.” Perhaps the reason for much dissatisfaction among congregants with their leadership is because we gather for purposes other than the defined reason for the existence of the ecclesia. Edification is possible between individuals of the Body of Christ (1Thess5:1) and therefore, does not exist as the sole responsibility of professional clergy nor does it require the entire assembly of the membership at a designated time and place. The biblical word for church is “ecclesia”; it is not a word that dropped down out of heaven but was a word used in that culture to describe a legislative body; and so, it was used first by Jesus and later by Paul to help the people of God understand their purpose and dynamic. Gleaning from the biblical meaning of the word for “church,” we can only come to the conclusion that the destiny of the Church is to be congressional (to borrow a term from Dr. Crum). Looking at purpose, those viewing the Church from the inside may be looking for “blessings” for individual adherents. But creation, looking from the outside, is looking for demonstration that affects it. We assemble for the purpose of legislating. Instruction from the Word, worship and edification through the gifts of the Spirit equip us to properly act in keeping with our mandate. Gathering in “one mind and one accord” in the Upper Room, believers received enduement that propelled them to the four corners of the earth so that those who observed them in the city proclaimed, “They have come here and turned the world upside down” — the result of coming to one mind concerning mandate. (Acts1:8;17:6) We pray until we are in alignment with the Father and then we declare and do in this earth what He wills. (Jn 5:19; 12:49). When the sons of God (royalty with authority) manifest (speak & act authoritatively), the expectancy of creation is satisfied having received relief from the oppression of the powers of darkness.
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